Doctors protest over crime at hospital in Venezuela

Dozens of doctors and nurses staged a street protest Tuesday outside a public hospital to demand better security after a medical resident was stabbed in a robbery attempt.

"We save lives! Who will protect ours?" said a sign carried by protesters as they blocked traffic for several hours outside the Hospital Universitario de Caracas.

Ricardo Strauss, the head of the hospital's society of medical interns and residents, said medical staff were demanding authorities improve security at medical centers.

A young resident at the hospital was stabbed in the abdomen early Friday during a robbery attempt.

Hospital staff have reported several attacks on doctors and nurses, a reflection of widespread crime in the Venezuelan capital.

Venezuela has one of the world's highest murder rates, with 79 murders per 100,000 inhabitants last year, according to the non-profit Venezuelan Violence Monitor.

The interior ministry, however, reports a lower murder rate of 39 homicides per 100,000.